Many people believe that WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption with every message that is being sent. If this was really the case, then no one would be able to read the messages, not even the people from WhatsApp, because that is the true nature of end-to-end encryption.
This is also stated exactly like this on the WhatsApp Website:
“WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is used when you chat with another person using WhatsApp Messenger. End-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.”
It turns out that all of this is a lie. “In 2018, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg told Congress, ‘We don’t see any of the content in WhatsApp.’ In fact, the company, which owns WhatsApp, pays contract workers to read millions of private messages.” Source: childrenshealthdefense.org
Another lie from another Big Tech CEO who tells the entire world how important privacy is, and how dedicated his company is to offering online privacy to the customers. You may wonder, how is it technically possible for the company to do this, to read those “encrypted messages?”
“The loophole in WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is simple: The recipient of any WhatsApp message can flag it. Once flagged, the message is copied on the recipient’s device and sent as a separate message to Facebook for review.”
“Messages are typically flagged—and reviewed—for the same reasons they would be on Facebook itself, including claims of fraud, spam, child porn, and other illegal activities….”
“Although nothing indicates that Facebook currently collects user messages without manual intervention by the recipient, it’s worth pointing out that there is no technical reason it could not do so.”
What a weird situation. First Facebook tells us they don’t read WhatsApp messages at all. Then it becomes clear that they ARE reading flagged messages. And, last but not least, we learn that they could read even more messages if they wanted to, that this is technically possible. And we are supposed to trust Facebook and WhatsApp?
Instead of using WhatsApp for your private messages, I would strongly encourage you to find an alternative, like, for example, the Session Messenger. This Open Source app makes it truly impossible for anyone but the sender and the receiver to read the end to end encrypted messages. Privacy based on technology, not privacy based on trust. Check it out!